Arsis is an American death metal (Virginia) band whose music also possesses influences of black metal and thrash metal. Although remaining as heavy as traditional death metal bands, they also possess technical riffs and solos that are similar to those found in melodic death metal. "Arsis" is a musical term used for the upstroke of a beat.
Their influences mainly consist of Racer X, King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Morbid Angel, and Dissection.
Their debut album A Celebration of Guilt was extremely well-received and critically acclaimed, many calling it the sign of the rebirth of melodic death metal.